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January 17, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc., under scrutiny from privacy watchdogs for changes it made to its search engine, is launching a splashy ad campaign designed to alleviate privacy concerns. Google is rolling out the Good to Know campaign in two dozen U.S. newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, and in public places such as the subways in New York and Washington to encourage people to protect themselves and their information on the Web. The campaign offers practical advice and tips, including how to manage what kind of data people share with Google and websites.
The Internet has built up a rat's nest of personal information about each of us, as information once available only on costly commercial databases has become widely accessible to anyone with a computer and modem. With nothing but your e-mail address, complete strangers can get everything from a map to your house to a list of many of your assets.
May 2, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you see someone wearing Google Glass wink at you, you might want to get out of the way because they're probably not flirting with you. A new app that's just been developed and released for the futuristic piece of technology lets users take a photo by simply winking an eye. The code for the app, which is conveniently named Winky, was put online Thursday morning by developer Mike DiGiovanni, who works with digital consulting company ...
May 28, 2010
Hooray, Facebook saved the Internet! OK, so maybe that's making too much of the privacy controls that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Wednesday. But if the company hadn't addressed the uproar over its ever-changing privacy policy, there was a real possibility that Washington would have stepped in with new rules that would have applied to all social network operators, or even all websites. And we'd like to keep the nanny state away from the Net as long as possible. That's not to defend what Facebook has been doing.
May 26, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Facebook Inc. simplified its privacy settings Wednesday in an effort to assuage lawmakers, regulators and privacy watchdogs who have criticized the world's most popular social networking site for being reckless with the personal information of its more than 500 million users. But some analysts said the move may not temper heightened regulatory scrutiny of how Facebook and other Internet companies gather and use the huge volumes of information that people share online. Facebook has found itself in the eye of a regulatory storm as it has pushed users to make more of their personal information public.
March 9, 2004 | Brian Doherty, Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine.
One man parked on the side of the road in Humboldt County, Nevada, in May 2000 was brave enough to say no to a police officer when ordered to identify himself. The officer "just walked up and started demanding my papers," Larry Hiibel told Associated Press. "I was there on that road minding my own business." He refused and, as a result, was arrested. Now Hiibel may end up redefining our ability to move in public without having every aspect of our lives investigated at the whim of the police.
February 8, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, This post has been updated, as indicated below
A privacy watchdog has filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission in a bid to stop Google from rolling out its new privacy policy. In an unusual legal maneuver, the Electronic Privacy Information Center is asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order and injunction that would require the FTC to enforce the consent order it reached with Google last year. Google settled with the FTC on charges that it deceived users and violated its own privacy policy when it launched the now defunct Buzz social network.
July 6, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
Last Christmas Day, after a Nigerian walked onto a Detroit-bound passenger jet with powdered explosives sewn into his underwear, people wondered: Isn't there a machine that could find that sort of stuff? In fact, there is: Full-body scanners that peer under clothing to detect anomalies. While there's no certainty the machines would have caught Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, no one disputes they are superior to metal detectors at finding explosives, which is why the U.S. Transportation Security Administration is now deploying the imagers at airports nationwide.
August 9, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Beginning as early as January, electric cars will be available at the nation's two largest auto rental companies. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, North America's largest car rental firm, unveiled plans last week to offer about 500 Nissan Leaf all-electric cars, initially at dealerships in Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. The announcement came a few months after Hertz , the world's largest car rental company, said it planned to offer Nissan Leafs at a handful of locations in the U.S. and Europe, including New York, Washington and San Francisco, next year.
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